What is an AV Peer Rating?
Peer Review Rating of Attorneys
Marty McAfee has been rated AV by his professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system. This review reflects the confidential opinions of members of both the Judiciary and the Bar who are familiar with the lawyer's legal ability and adherence to the highest level of professional ethics. The "A" rating of "Very High to Preeminent" legal ability is a testament from peer legal professionals of the highest level of professional excellence and of unquestionable ethics. This is a significant accomplishment for a lawyer in his 11th year of practice, for a lawyer must be admitted to the bar 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.
An Explanation of the Peer Review Ratings Categories
There are two components to each Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating:
- General Ethical Standards Rating - The General Ethical Standards Rating of "V" (stands for "VERY HIGH") denotes adherence to the highest levels of adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.
- Legal Ability Ratings - Legal Ability Ratings take into consideration the standard of professional ability in the area where the lawyer practices, the lawyer's expertise, and other professional qualifications. If a lawyer's practice is limited or specialized, Peer Review Ratings are based on performance
in those specific fields of law.
Legal Ability Ratings:
C - Good to High
B - High to Very High
A - Very High to Preeminent
When both categories of Peer Review Ratings are confirmed, a lawyer receives a CV, BV or AV Rating.
CV® Peer Review Rating - The CV is a good first rating for lawyers and a definitive statement of their above-average ability and unquestionable ethics. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 3-4 years.
BV® Peer Review Rating - The BV is an excellent rating for a lawyer with more experience. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 5-9 years.
AV® Peer Review Rating - An AV rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.
CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale- Hubbell Ratings evaluate two categories--legal ability and general ethical standards.